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Finding India in Artesia

I pass on wearing a bindi (red much works of art as items of apparel. dot) on my forehead, because in My husband and I inhale the sweet many parts of India it has a religious smell of incense, as a turbaned man, significance, carrying a tall but I do want stack of white to don a sari. bakery boxes, rushes by. I raise my arms as a “Pardon,” salesperson he says in takes a 9-foot heavily accented strip of rubyEnglish. red silk, makes I ask him a few deft what’s in all the moves, and boxes. He smiles within minutes and points to transforms me a nearby shop. Artesia’s Little India is from a khakiWe follow approximately 20 miles from bedecked his finger to downtown Los Angeles. tourist to a Bombay Sweets classically clad & Snacks, Indian woman. where we’re “Try putting confronted it on yourself,” with a nearshe says. overwhelming choice of I do, and tempting after a half-hour pastries. of winding, pleating, and Do we want tucking, I cardamom or look like a coconut, dry or Christmas syrupy, crunchy Indian fabrics come in vivid colors, from present that’s or chewy? We majestic mauve and royal purple to deep settle on a limecome undone. turquoise and rich gold. green cookie I admit and a pale-pink defeat and mini-cake before heading down the go outside to further explore “Little street to try another one of Artesia’s India,” a community that looks as most popular desserts: ice cream. if it’s thousands of miles away in south Asia but instead is in Artesia, Ice cream isn’t a traditional treat California, just 20 miles from in India, where many people don’t downtown Los Angeles. eat eggs, but Saffron Spot makes an eggless version that features IndianHere, within a five-block stretch inspired flavors such as jackfruit, along Pioneer Boulevard, women lychee, masala tea, and mango. with brightly colored saris (the traditional dress of southern India) In line with our philosophy that stroll the streets alongside others in we should test foods that have names salwar kameez, the tunic-and-pants we can’t pronounce, we share a small ensemble that is increasingly popular scoop of rajbhog ice cream, which in northern India. contains a chunky mix of pistachios, cashews, and almonds spiced with They shop in family-owned saffron and cardamom. Delicious. businesses filled with fabrics that are so vividly colored, richly embroidered, But we really don’t want a meal of and laden with beads that they are as snacks and sweets; we want something www.50plusLifePA.com


more substantial. My husband has read about thali, an Indian specialty consisting of several small dishes surrounded by various condiments. I want a frankie, a popular street food in India that’s usually made from vegetables wrapped in a crepe. (Think Indian burrito.) We finally decide on Ashoka the Great, a lunch buffet that offers a wide variety of choices. There we taste-test everything from chicken tikka masala to saag paneer, vegetable samosa to goat stew. Afterward, we wander into a market, intending to buy take-home spices, but we’re distracted by bins of veggies with unfamiliar names like karela, tindora, raviya, and turai. There are also seven kinds of mango pulp, several brands of ghee, and piles of fresh roti (unleavened bread). We finally find the spice section and, after much sniffing, select Markets in Little India are filled with veggies small bags that a young that are unfamiliar to most visitors. woman tells us are “Bombay Masala” and “Tandoori Spice.” A sign directs us upstairs to a shop called “Moon, Gems, and Rudraksh,” where we find items related to astrology (the moon), 22-karat gold jewelry inset with brilliant rubies, emeralds and sapphires (the gems), and necklaces made from seeds of the rudraksh tree.

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“These seeds have medicinal power. They are used for prayer,” says storeowner Mahesh Goel. He gives us a crash course in Hindu philosophy before suggesting that we visit the nearby Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, the closest of four Hindu temples in the vicinity of Artesia. We enter to find men and women sitting separately but praying together to the rhythm of beating drums and shaking tambourines. Despite the syncopated sounds, the atmosphere is relaxed, almost tranquil. Before we head back to downtown Los Angeles, we return to the store where we began our day. I’ve given up on outfitting myself in a sari and opt instead for a salwar kameez. “Easier to put on,” says the salesperson, chuckling as she remembers my The Swaminarayan Hindu Temple tangled tries with a sari. welcomes visitors. “Easier to use,” I say, as I imagine myself gracefully serving guests masala tea while outfitted in exotic Indian clothes. But first I’ll have to learn to make rajbhog ice cream. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. andreagross.com).

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How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement such as: What types of organizations or activities are you interested in? What kind of skills can you offer a volunteer organization? How much time are you willing to give? What do you want to gain from your experience (for example, meet new people, learn new skills, help those in need, exposure to a particular issue)? Once you get a general idea of what you’d like to do, there are dozens of volunteer websites that can help you search for different opportunities in your area. Most sites work like search engines that let you choose an area of interest and type in your ZIP code or city and state. The sites will then give you a list of opportunities that you can check into. Depending on your interest and expertise, here are some top websites to help you get started.

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work, but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying. – Unsatisfied Volunteer Dear Volunteer, For many retirees, finding a volunteer opportunity that satisfies your interests, uses your talents, and matches your availability can be challenging. To help you find an interesting and satisfying volunteer opportunity, here are some tips and online tools that can help you search. Getting Started Volunteering is a great way for retirees to make a positive contribution to their community and stay actively engaged — not to mention it’s good for your health, too. But how can you find the right opportunity for you? Start by asking yourself some basic questions,

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General volunteer-matching sites: To find a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in your community, check out VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch.org), Idealist (www.idealist.org), and All for Good (www. allforgood.org), a Points of Light website (the world’s leading volunteer service organization) that lets you search for local volunteer opportunities or start your own project and invite others to help you. Also see HandsOn Network (www. pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork), Mother of four. another Points of Light enterprise that Diagnosed with connects volunteers to opportunities breast cancer. through more than 250 volunteer Jill knew she centers throughout the U.S. needed to be

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Retiree volunteer sites: If you’re interested in opportunities targeting older adults and retirees, some good options include AARP’s Create the Good (www.createthegood.org), along with Senior Corps (www.seniorcorps. gov), which matches retirees with community projects and organizations that need experienced volunteer help.  Senior Corps offers three different programs: RSVP, which has a variety of volunteer activities with flexible time commitments; the Senior Companion Program, which brings together volunteers with homebound seniors who have difficulty with day-to-day living tasks; and the Foster Grandparent Program, which matchers volunteers with kids in the community who have exceptional needs. www.50plusLifePA.com


Government-sponsored sites: There are also a number of governmentsponsored websites that can help you look for different volunteer opportunities. To locate dozens of general options in your area, visit Serve (www.serve.gov). To find natural and cultural volunteer opportunities in places such as national and state parks, see Volunteer.gov. If you’re interested in emergency preparedness and disaster-response volunteer services, look into Ready (www.ready.gov). Or, if you’re interested in longer-term volunteer opportunities, check out AmeriCorps (www.americorps.gov) and Peace Corps (www.peacecorps. gov/50plus), which offers a bevy of three-month to two-year programs in the U.S and abroad.

Professional and executive sites: If you have expertise in areas such as business planning and development, marketing, communications, finance, fundraising, web and graphic design, or writing and editing, there are sites — like Catchafire (www.catchafire.org), Taproot+ (www.taprootplus. org), and Executive Service Corps U.S. (www.escus.org) — that can link you to volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations in need. Or, you can help entrepreneurs and small-business owners through the SCORE (www.score.org) volunteer-mentoring program. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit www.savvysenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Besides therapy services and its preschool/daycare programs, Schreiber also runs Chalk it up to the summer camps, a bowling intergenerational allure of program, a social skills cuddly babies and snuggly program, kids yoga, and Club toddlers. 65, a program for youth and The new infant-care young adults with disabilities program at Schreiber Pediatric to experience such activities Rehab Center has expanded Valerie Korman spends time as going to the movies, out to volunteer opportunities for with Schreiber’s infants, as a eat, or to a trampoline park. area seniors — in addition swim buddy, and in the center’s Last August, Schreiber to providing much-needed preschool program, pictured here. opened an infant room services for parents with after receiving a $250,000 newborns. grant from the Donald B. Dan Fink, director of and Dorothy L. Stabler marketing and public relations Foundation and fundraising at Schreiber, admits it’s an easy matching donations from the sell. community. “It has been pretty Prior to opening the successful,” Fink said. “Who state-of-the-art infant room, wouldn’t want to hold a baby, Schreiber was unable to accept feed a baby?” children younger than 12 Seniors Nancy Vogel, Valerie months old into its daycare Korman, Mary Alice Gerfin, program, Fink said. Peggy Toms, and Leon Hutton Being a nana is senior all agree that volunteering at Nancy Vogel’s thing, and Schreiber’s preschool and new the Rock-A-Baby program is infant room is an enjoyable “good for nanas and good for experience that keeps them the kids. I dearly love rocking coming back week after week. As swim buddies, volunteers them. They need a nana to Schreiber “loves having Sherry Sweigart, top, and Colette rock them,” Vogel, 74, said. seniors in the building, and Lind, bottom, help children learn “They just want to be held.” they love being here. It’s been important swimming techniques. Vogel has volunteered at a very successful partnership,” Schreiber for six months, when said Fink. she moved to a senior living community. Vogel said Schreiber Pediatric, originally known as the she enjoys volunteering in the Rock-A-Baby program Society for Crippled Children and Adults, began in so much that she often goes early and stays after her 1936 as a vision of Edna Schreiber in response to 9-11 a.m. shift. the polio epidemic. Schreiber was a polio nurse (a “There are several ladies who work there, and I profession today that would be similar to a physical help them feed and get the babies to sleep by rocking therapist) and ran the clinic until the late 1960s, them.” when she retired. She doesn’t change diapers, but “I usually end up The outpatient clinic, which by the 1980s on the floor playing with the kids.” was associated with the National Easter Seals There are generally nine babies, some of whom are Society, began focusing on specialized pediatric toddlers who are busy playing with toys and can feed therapy services for children from birth to age 21 themselves, and some of whom are “lie down” babies with developmental delays and disabilities. The who need bottles fed to them, she said. organization also began a preschool to include both Vogel said she doesn’t like to see babies left to cry children with and without disabilities. to go to sleep, so she rocks them. The toddlers are In 1994, it disassociated with Easter Seals and usually ready to nap and will lie down because they moved from its Janet Avenue, Lancaster, home to its want to sleep. current location on Community Way, Lancaster. At “It’s amazing there are no screamers,” she said. “I that time, it was renamed Schreiber Pediatric Rehab couldn’t get that done at home. These girls (Schreiber Center for its founder and first executive director. employees) are so good.” Today, 3,000-4,000 children receive services from Senior Valerie Korman was a teacher for many Schreiber Pediatric — some in their own homes, years at Central Manor Elementary School in Penn some at the center, and some in their school. www.50plusLifePA.com


Manor School District. “You become younger as well when you begin to deal with kids,” Korman said. “After retirement, when you can’t interact with kids, it’s like losing your left arm.” Therefore, rocking babies after she retired in 2012 was her goal. But because of HIPAA regulations, Korman said hospitals wouldn’t accept people coming in to rock their babies. So she started volunteering at Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center instead. When Schreiber opened its infant room, Korman, 62, jumped at the chance to rock the babies there. While Schreiber doesn’t mind if its volunteers miss shifts, the Millersville resident said she has missed only a handful of times when traveling. “I want to go (to rock the babies); it’s very settling. You don’t mess with the time I go to Schreiber.” Korman tries to find the babies who are extra fussy to help the women who work in the infant room. She feeds the babies with bottles as well as with spoons, puts the babies to sleep by rocking them, and plays. “I sing songs, read poems, and do art projects,” she said. Korman also volunteers in the preschool room. The children have free play and are then off to the room’s various centers to learn about the alphabet, numbers, counting, colors, and shapes. She also helps with hand washing, giving the kids snacks, filling backpacks, and zipping coats. “I look forward to going. It’s so varied between the two programs,” Korman said. Once a month, Korman also serves as a swim buddy with the 3- to 5-year-olds. “I help change 10 kids into their

swimsuits, take off their shoes and socks, and stay with the children. I do whatever I can to help,” she said. When they get into the warm, 85degree pool, they have group time and then practice jumping up and down, putting their faces in the water, doing back and front floats, kicking their legs, and jumping into the pool and getting out of it — survival techniques. Then they enjoy 45 minutes of playtime. Schreiber is a special place for 75year-old Mary Alice Gerfin: Her 15year-old grandson has been going to Schreiber for years, and her husband, Michael, had been treated by founder Edna Schreiber when he was a young man. For the past few years, Gerfin and her husband have volunteered for Schreiber’s annual Rubber Duckie Race. While she sells tickets, her husband, who is a member of Schreiber’s board of directors, prepares Lancaster County Park for the fundraising event. In addition to the race, the retirement community resident now also volunteers in Schreiber’s new infant room. For two hours every Wednesday, she cuddles the babies, helping them to settle down, and feeding them. “When I saw they were opening an infant center, it was just a normal thing to do for me,” said Gerfin, who has been volunteering in the infant room since the first week it opened. “It’s natural for me. I love babies and love to cuddle them. It uplifts me to see their dear little faces smile at you. I can’t imagine not wanting to do this.” Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., “cuddler” Peggy Toms also can

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be found in Schreiber’s infant room. “I sit in a rocker and they bring the babies to me,” the 89-year-old Lancaster Township resident said. “I sit there and hold them close until they settle down. I also feed them with a bottle to settle them down.” Prior to her retirement, Toms worked with children at the Intermediate Unit for 20 years and always enjoyed children of any age, she said. Now Toms has found that rocking babies is something she loves doing. “I really do,” she said. “It’s something I’m able to do without a problem, and, fortunately, they say they can use the help.” Retirement community resident Leon Hutton also enjoys sharing his time with the young children at Schreiber’s preschool. When the weather is good, the older children go outside to shoot basketball, pick up sticks, or pretend to make a fire, Hutton said. There’s also a gym set that they can walk on, plus a sliding board. When inside, Hutton reads books to them. He learned to read familiar

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stories, such as Frosty the Snowman, upside down so the children could see the book’s pictures. “The good Lord wants us to help someone else. We can express ourselves and help them a little bit. It’s also a generational thing. Their grandparents may not be here, so we can fill in and be part of their learning and see their growth,” Hutton, 89, said. Not only does volunteering help the children, but “it does me so much good to associate with the youth, their cuteness, innocence. They are beautiful children,” Hutton said. “When you are in a retirement home with no car, no wife now — it’s good to get out. The kids are good for you. It’s terrific therapy for me. It keeps me active, my mind going, my legs going ... They do wonders for you.” On the cover: From left, volunteers Valerie Korman, Peggy Toms, and Nancy Vogel spend time each week in Schreiber Pediatric’s infant room, rocking, feeding, and playing with the center’s infants and toddlers.

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Mid-Atlantic Association. During the Lancaster Senior Games, county residents 55 and older are eligible to compete in an unlimited number of events. Here is the full list of events being held during Senior Games week: Monday, May 7 • 3-point shooting • Badminton • Bench press • Bicep curl • Bocce • Chair yoga • Darts • Dead lift • Easy Does It exercise • Foul shooting • Geri-Fit • Pinochle tournament • Swimming • Tai chi • Technology for fitness • Wii Fit Tuesday, May 8 • Bridge tournament • Chair yoga • Football throw • Frisbee throw • Horseshoes • Hotshot basketball • Ladder golf

• Softball throw • Shuffleboard (ages 55–69) • Table tennis • Technology for fitness • Walking • Zumba Gold Wednesday, May 9 • Cornhole • Frisbee golf • Home run derby • Javelin throw • Pickleball • Pitch ’n’ putt • Shotput • Shuffleboard (ages 70+) • Soccer penalty kick • Running Thursday, May 10 • Billiards • Bowling tournament • Golf – longest drive • Modified bowling • Putting contest • Tennis Friday, May 11 • 9-hole golf tournament • 9-pin no-tap bowling • 18-hole golf tournament • Celebration dance For more information on the Lancaster Senior Games, visit www. lancseniorgames.org or call (717) 2997979.

Increased Physical Activity the Goal of Free Workshop The Lancaster County Office of Aging and Lancaster Rec Senior Center will be offering a free program entitled Walk with Ease on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 to May 31, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster Rec Senior Center, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster. Developed by the Arthritis Foundation, Walk with Ease is an interactive workshop specifically developed for people with arthritis who want to be more physically active. It’s also appropriate for those living

with diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. The central activity of the program is walking, but each session begins with education tailored toward those living with arthritis. Each participant will receive a workbook that provides information on arthritis, pain management, selfmonitoring, and how to overcome barriers. For more information or to enroll, call Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979. www.50plusLifePA.com


Deal Me In

Fast Play Can Make Your Day By Mark Pilarski

Dear Mark: Over the years I have been playing slots less and less. Now I just play in an occasional slot tournament that our local casino offers. I do find these enjoyable. Do you have any suggestions on how I can improve my chances of winning in these tournaments? – Mary L. A good number of casinos offer slot tournaments for their patrons. The most popular format is one that offers timed sessions where the slot machines are in free-play mode. What free-play means is that you show up with an entry fee, say $25, and you don’t have to buck up with any more money. That upfront $25 entry fee, Mary, is your total cash outlay, which, as you know, you can burn through in mere minutes on your favorite slot. Yes, slot tournaments are rather cheap fun, and one might even include a buffet lunch. With a trip to the chow line as part of the deal, you’d be losing money if you didn’t play. When playing these free-play tournaments, every player each round is given 1,000 credits and 20 minutes to play them. Every time you tap the spin button, three credits are deducted from your starting credits, and credits that you win are shown on a separate meter.

After time has expired, the machine automatically locks up, halting play. Any credits unplayed are automatically lost. Winners move on to the next round, and the player with the most cumulated points at the end of the tournament wins. The main objective of this type of slot tournament is to make use of all your credits within the specified period. By not using up all your credits, you will lower your chances of winning because players who are super fast at hitting the spin button will automatically accumulate more spins than you will, making them more likely to have more points than you. Unfortunately, there is no slot strategy that will make you a longterm winner at slot machines. With a slot tournament, though, it just so happens there is one straightforward stratagem: Get in as many spins as you can. You do this by keeping your fingers directly on the spin button along with skillfully timing the exact moment when you press it. The reasoning here

Gambling Wisdom of the Month: “Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” – Mario Andretti Mark Pilarski is a recognized authority on casino gambling, having survived 18 years in the casino trenches. Pilarski is the creator of the bestselling, award-winning audio book series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning. www.markpilarski. com

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Grief Relief

Victor Parachin

9 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Compassion while Grieving

Grieving is very hard. It taxes the entire person: body, mind, spirit, emotions. For that reason, it’s vital that every bereaved person appreciates and cultivates the fine art of self-compassion. Grief is not a time to be “tough” on yourself. Here are nine quick tips for practicing self-care: 1. Be patient with yourself. This is the place to start. The death of a loved one is a major life challenge. You will heal, but it is never as fast as one wishes. Be patient with yourself. 2. Recognized your limitations. Grief can be exhausting. If you’re employed and have some vacation time, don’t hesitate to take a day off when you simply need to rest. Avoid doing things socially that you currently find stressful and unpleasant. 3. Respond to your needs. If you need to talk, find a compassionate listener and talk. If you need to cry, allow the tears to flow freely and without any sense of shame. And, if you need to reminisce and remember, pull out old albums, letters, and notes, and look them over. A friend of mine who had a happy, decades-long marriage was widowed when her partner died suddenly. She told me that “one of the things which helped me greatly during the first six months was sitting in his — not my — recliner every evening when I watched television.” 4. Give yourself a treat. While respecting your finances, consider paying for something that lifts your spirits. This could be a massage, a spa treatment, a facial makeover, or a membership to your local botanical garden, a place you could visit regularly. 5. Get physical. Movement is therapy. Exercise is healing. If you already have a gym membership, go there and work out. If you have a bike, get on it and go for a ride. If you enjoy walking, put on your walking shoes and head outside. And, if you just don’t feel like you have the energy to exercise, find a gentle yoga class or a tai chi group.

6. Maintain a healthy diet. Two things often take place when one is grieving: a great decrease in appetite or a desire to eat sweet, salty “junk” foods. When it comes to diet, the wisest approach is to eat balanced, nutritious meals. As much as possible, prepare your own meals using fresh and natural ingredients. Eat out only on special occasions. 7. Turn to your friends. Do this not only for social company, but also for emotional support. “The common denominator of grief is loneliness,” Rabbi Earl Grollman, a noted grief authority and author, observed. “A special person — your loved one — can no longer share your life. You are bereft, alone. Talk to a friend. Share your feelings. Let the right people know that you need support and feedback. They cannot bring you comfort unless you allow them to enter your sorrow.” 8. Laugh. If you can’t laugh a lot, try laughing at least a little. In her book, When Will I Stop Hurting?, June C. Kolf writes: “Some people may think laughter has no place in grieving. Indeed it does! Human beings can use laughter as a release from stress. “The mind and body have limits to the anguish they can withstand. When facing the loss of a loved one, laughter can remove the cork from the bottle and allow some of the pain to bubble out.” 9. Practice compassion toward those who don’t understand grief. Some people just don’t know what to say or do when someone is grieving. As a result, they may say and do nothing or they may say something awkward, clumsy, uncomfortable, and inappropriate. Avoid becoming upset with the individual, as that only builds more stress inside yourself. Rather than feeling angry and harsh about the person, allow compassion to surface, reminding yourself they are simply confused about ways of responding wisely. Victor M. Parachin, M.Div., is a grief counselor, bereavement educator, and author of several books, including Healing Grief.

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Fresh Fare

Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Rest With nearly one-third of Americans suffering from sleep disturbances, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now is the time to rethink your bedtime routine and consider more natural ways to get a good night’s rest. However, implementing those changes doesn’t have to mean overhauling the way you live. Consider these simple tips that can help you sleep better and longer: Set a comfortable temperature. Making changes in different aspects of your life to achieve better sleep is a fine plan, but it may not make much difference if you aren’t comfortable in your own bed. Be sure to maximize comfort for a full night of sleep by finding a temperature that works for you, but in general, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a bedroom temperature between 60-67 degrees F. Tweak your diet. Making simple changes to what you eat and drink can be a positive, health-conscious decision that helps you get better sleep. For example, Montmorency tart cherries, which are available yearround, are one of the few natural food sources of melatonin, a sleepregulating hormone. New research from the American Journal of Therapeutics shows that insomniacs who drank U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks extended sleep time by 84 minutes. Consuming two 8-ounce glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice as part of your daily diet, once in www.50plusLifePA.com

the morning and once at night, can help enhance your sleep time and efficiency. It can also be added to your favorite morning smoothie or a soothing nighttime beverage, such as this Tart Cherry Moon Milk. For additional information and recipes, visit www.choosecherries.com. Try bedtime yoga. Rather than scrolling on your smartphone or staring at the TV, consider a different routine before heading to bed. Implementing a brief yoga session is one way to clear your mind each night prior to getting quality shut-eye. Tart Cherry Moon Milk Recipe courtesy of Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Servings: 1-2 • 6 ounces almond milk • 4 ounces Montmorency tart cherry juice • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup • 1/2 teaspoon ashwaganda (Indian ginseng) • dried culinary rose petals In a small pot, heat almond milk and tart cherry juice over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in honey and ashwaganda. Top with rose petals and drink warm. Note: For a frothier beverage, blend mixture in blender before topping with rose petals. Family Features

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Year Est.: 2014 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

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Comfort Keepers

(717) 299-4007 www.lancaster-402.comfortkeepers.com Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: We provide compassionate, in-home care that helps seniors live safe, happy, and independent lives in the comfort of their own homes. Companion care, light housekeeping, personal care, in-home safety solutions, incidental transportation, dementia/Alzheimer’s care, ongoing staff training. Member: Home Care Association of America

Homeland at Home

Homeland HomeCare: (717) 221-7892 Year Est.: 2016 Homeland HomeHealth: (717) 412-0166 Year Est.: 2017 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland*, Dauphin*, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon*, Northumberland, Perry*, Schuylkill, Snyder, York* *Homeland HomeHealth currently serves five of 13 counties.

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Landis at Home

(717) 509-5800 www.landisathome.org Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

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10 Keys for Surviving a Parkinson’s Diagnosis By Robert W. Smith What should you do when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Author and Parkinson’s patient Robert W. Smith, author of The Parkinson’s Playbook, offers the following 10 guidelines for effectively managing your diagnosis.

behavior changes that arise from how the medication is interacting with your basic physical and mental makeup.

Make for a safe home. The first priority is to make your home safe to move around in by keeping walkways clear of obstructions, as well as removing rugs or other floor obstacles that are tripping hazards. Install grab bars and railings where there are critical areas of movement or changes in April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month direction.

Form a team. You cannot do it alone. From physicians to family, it takes teamwork and specialists to put Parkinson’s on the defense.

Work on postural alignment. Better known as posture, this can be improved by sitting up straight with your shoulders back, chest out, and head back. Remind yourself every day to be conscious of your posture, and over time you will see a difference. Standing tall with your shoulders back presents the image that you are Parkinson’s-free. People will notice your improved posture and it will have a positive impact on your attitude.

Know your medications. There are two basic categories of Parkinson’s medications: dopamine agonist and carbidopa/levodopa. Over time, the type and dosage of your Parkinson’s medications will change as effectiveness evolves. Pay special attention to any compulsive

Follow a fitness plan. The goal of a fitness plan is to have a body that is lean, flexible, and strong. The ideal fitness plan encompasses a variety of exercises for the entire body. Going to the gym five days a week for two hours will enable you reach an ideal level of fitness.

Understand your diagnosis. Take a deep breath and ask what stage you are and what symptoms were used to make the diagnosis. Based on your condition, determine which medications are recommended and their side effects. Ask about alternative natural treatments for Parkinson’s (versus traditional medicine) and their availability. Ask what type of lifestyle changes slow down Parkinson’s, such as level of fitness, the role of exercise, and what types.

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Pay attention to nutrition. A balanced diet is important to provide your body with the fuel and strength necessary to deal with Parkinson’s. Ideally, meals should be spread out throughout the day to provide a steady flow of nutrients. Snacks of nuts, fruits, and berries supply a boost during the day. Reducing alcohol consumption, sugar, and fried foods will also benefit your health. Get a good night’s sleep. Nighttime sleep is critical for the body to restore and rejuvenate the energy needed for the continual fight with Parkinson’s. Unbroken sleep for seven to eight

hours is a necessity and does not include daytime naps. Master the mental and emotional game. One of the hardest parts of Parkinson’s is dealing with depression, stress, and anxiety. Patients are constantly barraged with negativity throughout the day, from the Parkinson’s itself to the news to diminishing physical and cognitive influences. One way to combat this is through the field of positive psychology, which teaches us how to incorporate happiness into our lives on a daily basis. Stay committed. Improving your health and daily life requires an unwavering commitment. The most important factor in putting Parkinson’s on the defense is to make a commitment to fitness and exercise on a daily basis. It will fuel your happiness and lead to a fuller life. Robert W. Smith is the author of The Parkinson’s Playbook (https://goo.gl/ WGNN44). Smith’s own diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease has inspired him to be a mentor to those suffering from the same condition. Smith is also a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects. He currently lives in Denver, Colo.

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Calendar of Events

Lancaster County

Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m. Our Journey Together Cancer Support Group Lancaster Cancer Center Greenfield Corporate Center 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 143 April 4, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365 April 9, 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 jmorton@gardenspotvillage.org April 16, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494 April 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group Masonic Village Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33764

Senior Center Activities

April 18, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Pleasant View Retirement Community Stiegel Dining Room – Town Square North 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 664-6696 kdisalvo@pleasantviewrc.org April 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 April 19, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 April 23, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 slapp@gardenspotvillage.org April 25, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Community Meeting Room – Kohl’s Wing 142 Park City Center, Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104

Community Programs Free and open to the public April 11, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa – Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990 pcunningham1841@verizon.net

April 2, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 April 6, 5-9 p.m. First Friday Receptions: The People’s Shakespeare Project; Greg Smolin, Photography Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949

April 16, 4 p.m. Astrophotography Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 www.pleasantviewrc.org

April 9, 4 p.m. Small-Business Succession Planning Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 www.pleasantviewrc.org

April 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster www.genealogyclubwv.com (717) 397-0439

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 April 5, 7 p.m. – Lititz Garden Club: Wildflowers of Lancaster County April 18, 6 p.m. – The Lost Art of Letter Writing Club April 24, 7 p.m. – Lititz Art Association: Natural Scapes

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April 19, 4:30 p.m. Conserving George Washington’s Tent LancasterHistory.org – Ryder Hall 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 April 19, 7 p.m. Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 Meeting Centerville Middle School Cafeteria 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 786-4714 April 24, 7 p.m. World War II Oral History Meeting St. Anne’s Retirement Community 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia (717) 319-3430 April 30, 4 p.m. Scams and Fraud Alert Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 www.pleasantviewrc.org

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 April 9, 10 a.m. – Hoarding Program April 12, 9:30 a.m. – Chapel Hill Forge and Essential Oils Bracelet Making April 18, 9:30 a.m. – The Puppet and Storyworks: Senior Moments Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 April 5, 9 a.m. – Seniors Helping Seniors April 10, 10:30 a.m. – Pennies from Heaven April 25, 2 p.m. – Ukulele Band Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 299-1278 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – Senior Exercise Class Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – Party Bridge Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 2993943 April 5, 9 a.m. – Let’s Click: iPads, Tech, and Internet Safety April 12, 9 a.m. – York Technical Institute Safety in the Home, Blood Pressure Check April 18, 9 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition Ceremony Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 April 5, 9:30 a.m. – York Technical Institute Blood Pressure Facts April 12, 10:45 a.m. – Instrumental Peace by Lauren Knatz April 18, 10:45 a.m. – Harp Edu-tainment by Joanne Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Geri-Fit April 9, 10 a.m. – All about Hawaii with Ronni April 18, 10 a.m. – Star of David Dancers Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 April 6, 9 a.m. – Diabetic Care with Madelin from SouthEast Clinic April 13, 10:45 a.m. – Fresh Fruit Express April 18, 10 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition Day Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 April 6, 10:30 a.m. – Country Music with Dan Martin April 6, 20, 27, 10 a.m. – Yoga April 27, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Mondays and Fridays, 8 a.m. – AARP Tax Prep April 13, 10:30 a.m. – Let’s Click: Technology Solutions April 20, 10:30 a.m. – Pop Pop DJ Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Submit senior center events to mjoyce@onlinepub.com.

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19th Annual

May 9, 2018 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shady Maple Conference Center • Smorgasbord Building 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl

Principal Sponsor:

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DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HIP OR KNEE PAIN. If hip or knee pain or stiffness is keeping you from participating in the activities you love, learn what can help you get back to your active life. Join our orthopaedic, pain, and spine specialists for free educational seminars throughout the year to learn about topics such as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, pain management techniques, rehabilitation, and more. See the specific topic and location for each seminar and register online at UPMCPinnacle.com /LancasterOrthoAndSpine or call 717-291-8498. Hip and Knee (Joint) Pain Seminars: May 10 August 9 November 8 *All seminars are from 6 to 7 p.m. UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster 250 College Ave., Lancaster UPMC Pinnacle Lititz 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz

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It’s not an age. It’s an attitude. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) reflects the lifestyles and attitudes of today’s boomer-and-beyond generations. On-Line Publishers, Inc. (OLP) was founded 20 years ago with a mission in mind: to enhance the lives of individuals within the Central Pennsylvania community. Over the years, 50plus LIFE has grown to six unique editions in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Central Pennsylvania’s adults over 50 are a dynamic and inspiring population who refuse to slow down and who stay deeply involved in their careers, communities, and family lives, and 50plus LIFE strives to reflect that in its editorial content. Pick up a free copy of 50plus LIFE for articles that will amuse you, inspire you, inform you, and update you on topics relevant to your life. Be sure to check out 50plus LIFE’s website (www.50plusLIFEpa.com), featuring editorial and photo content and offering you, its readers, a chance to offer your thoughts and commentary on the articles that reach you each month. And you can even find 50plus LIFE on Facebook (www.facebook. com/50plusLIFEpa)! The advertisers in 50plus LIFE offer goods or services to foster a happy, healthy life. They are interested in increasing your quality of life, so please call them when considering a purchase or when you are in need of a service. Let us know what you think of 50plus LIFE! Connect with us on our website, on Facebook, by emailing info@onlinepub. com, or by calling (717) 285-1350. g tin r por so SupSpon

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Table of Contents 50plus LIFE.......................................................... 16 Welcome.............................................................. 17 Registration Form............................................. 17 Park ‘n’ Ride Information................................ 17 Directions to the EXPO................................... 17 Presenter............................................................. 18 Door Prizes.......................................................... 19 Health Screenings............................................ 20 Exhibitor Display Map..................................... 21 Seminars & Entertainment............................ 22

Registration is a breeze!

Simply bring this completed form with you to the EXPO, drop it at the registration desk and you are ready to go! Name:_ __________________________________

Dear Friends,

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We are looking forward to seeing you at the 19th annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring). Each month, you enjoy the information that is included in 50plus LIFE, and the EXPO is a great complement to that. There are returning exhibitors as well as new ones. Your lives change from year to year, and what may not have been of interest to you last year, may be of more importance to you this year. Or perhaps you have become a caregiver. Representatives from a wide array of businesses are looking forward to speaking with you about issues that are on your mind, whether that is caregiving, health, home improvements, finances, leisure, travel, fitness, nutrition, or something else. Our 50plus EXPOs are effective forums for all those “hidden” community resources to gather in visible, easy-to-access locations! For your enjoyment, entertainment and demonstrations have been scheduled throughout the day. There truly is something for everybody: musical-theater performances, helpful information on avoiding scams and preventing falls, Zumba Gold and “tablescaping” demonstrations, and more. Call your friend or neighbor and make plans now to attend. Or talk to your activity director to make sure they have the 50plus EXPO on their calendar, and hop on board the bus! OLP Events is happy to be able to present this dynamic, one-day event to our visitors free of charge. This day is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please stop by their booths, have your bingo card signed, and talk with them about how they can assist you. Sponsors for this year’s EXPO include:

Address: __________________________________

Principal Sponsor – 50plus LIFE

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Visitor Bag Sponsor – UPMC Pinnacle

Phone:__________________________ Age:_ ____ Email:_ __________________________________

Supporting Sponsors – ClearCaptions, Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village, Landis Communities, Regional GI Media Sponsors – Blue Ridge Communications, LCTV, WFYL, WHTM abc27

Wheelchairs will be available at the front desk courtesy of On-Line Publishers, Inc.

See you at the EXPO! Donna K. Anderson EXPO 2018 Chairperson

Just A Tip!

Park ‘n’ Ride:

To make registering for door prizes an easy task – bring along your extra return address labels.

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Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. will be providing shuttle transportation from your parking area to the EXPO entrance. Please, hop aboard!

Directions to Shady Maple Conference Center From York and points west: Take Route 30 East to 222 North. Keep right at the fork to continue on US-222 N. After about 10 miles, take the 322 exit toward Ephrata. Head east on 322 about 7 miles and turn left onto Toddy Drive. Shady Maple will be on your left.

From West Chester and points east: Take Route 30 West toward Downingtown/Lancaster. Take the 322/Manor Avenue exit and turn right onto 322/Manor Avenue. After about 18 miles, turn right onto 897 North. Turn left onto Toddy Drive; Shady Maple will be on your right.

From Lebanon and points north: Head south on 897/South Fifth Avenue and turn left onto 419 North/897 South. Continue to follow 897 South for 19 miles. Turn left onto Terre Hill Road and continue onto Linden Street. Turn left onto North Earl Street and continue onto 897 South. Turn left onto 23 East/PA-897 South and turn right onto 897 South. Turn right onto Toddy Drive; Shady Maple will be on your right.

From Christiana and points south: Take Route 41 North and turn right onto Route 30 East. Turn left onto 897 North/ White Horse Road and then turn left onto Amish Road. Turn right onto Buena Vista Road. Turn left onto School Lane Road. Turn left onto 340 West/PA-897 North, followed soon by a right onto 897 North. Turn right to stay on 897 North/Springville Road. After about 5 miles, turn left onto 322 West, followed soon by a right back onto 897 North. Turn left onto Toddy Drive; Shady Maple will be on your right.

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50plus EXPO – Brought to You By: On-Line Publishers, Inc. celebrates more than 20 years serving the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community of Central Pennsylvania through our Mature Living Division of publications and events. OLP Events, its events division, produces six 50plus EXPOs annually in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster (two), and York counties. These events are an opportunity to bring both businesses and the community together for a better understanding of products and services available to enhance life. Entrance to the event, health screenings, and seminars held throughout the day are free to visitors. The Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair — held in York, Berks, and Lancaster counties and in the Capital Area — provides veterans and their families an opportunity to be introduced to exhibitors who are interested in their well-being. The Job Fair connects veterans and employers faceto-face to discuss available positions. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) is

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published monthly, touching on issues and events relevant to the 50+ community. The Resource DIRECTORY for the Caregiver, Aging, and Disabled is published annually in distinct county editions and contains information from local businesses and organizations offering products or services that meet the needs of these groups. 50plus Living is an annual publication and the premier resource for retirement living and healthcare options for mature adults in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys. On-Line Publishers also works to inform and celebrate women in business through our Business Division. BusinessWoman includes professional profiles and articles that educate and encourage women in business. The women’s expo is a one-day event featuring exhibitors and interactive fun that encompass many aspects of a woman’s life. Events are held annually in Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties.

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Lancaster’s Information Highway! arts and culture • local sports • education entertainment • ideas & information

Businesses, Non-Profits, Organizations: Share your message with the community on LCTV! Sponsor Messages & Program Underwriting: Contact Diane Dayton, Executive Director: Diane@LCTV66.org

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WIN!

Many Great Prizes to be Given Away During the 50plus EXPO

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Love.

When you truly love working with seniors, you make a diff erence in many lives, including your own. At Landis Communities, we take great pleasure in caring for all of those who rely on us. We strive to enrich each and every life we touch. To learn more about us and the broad spectrum of opportunities we provide for all of those whom we serve, contact us today.

Your chance of taking home a great prize from the 50plus EXPO is HUGE! These are just a sampling of the many door prizes provided by our exhibitors.

The EXPO thanks the following companies for their generous contributions: Champion Hearing Aid Center, LLC Dry aid kit, battery tester, cleaning kit, box of 60 batteries ($65 value)

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Flower & Home Marketplace Summer floral arrangement ($75 value) HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital Gardening tools ($30 value) Hickory House Nursing Home/Heatherwood Retirement Community Fun basket ($25 value) Jordan Essentials Gift basket of Jordan Essentials products ($100 value) Landis Communities Two winners of 1 pound of Miesse’s candies ($15 value each)

Pennsylvania Retina Specialists, PC

World Class Care, Close to Home

LuLaRoe with Ashley Bystricky Pair of leggings ($25 value) NovaCare Rehabilitation in collaboration with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital Physical therapy-related gift or basket ($20+ value) Resonance Audiology and Hearing Aid Center Shady Maple Smorgasbord gift card ($25 value) Signature Senior Living Personal Care & Memory Care Basket of fun ($50 value) Sundance Vacations Win a vacation (value TBD)

Zerbe Retirement Community Shady Maple gift card ($25 value)

We treat retinal diseases such as: • Age-Related Macular Degeneration • Diabetic Retinopathy • Retinal Tears and Detachments • Retinal Artery and Vein Occlusions Look for us at the 50 plus EXPO on May 9th!

TLC Ladies Home Depot gift card ($25 value) WellSpan Health Health and wellness bag ($100 value)

Steven N. Truong, M.D., Bozho Todorich, M.D., Ph.D., Paul S. Baker, M.D., Michael J. Banach, M.D., Lawrence Y. Ho, M.D., Jay G. Prensky, M.D.

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Pennsylvania Retina Specialists is the largest practice in Central Pennsylvania devoted solely to the specialty care of vitreoretinal diseases. Our practice has been serving patients for over 35 years.

• Flashes and Floaters • Macular Hole • Macular Pucker or Epiretinal Membrane

Please call to set up an appointment

(717) 761-8688

Lancaster 2170 Noll Drive

Camp Hill Hershey State College York 220 Grandview Ave. 1249 Cocoa Avenue, Suite 104 2525 Green Tech Dr. 1600 Sixth Ave., Suite 112

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Thank you, sponsors!

Brought to you by: LANCASTER COUNTY

Proudly Sponsored By: Principal Sponsor:

Visitor Bag Sponsor: UPMC Pinnacle Supporting Sponsors: ClearCaptions • Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village • Landis Communities • Regional GI Media Sponsors:

The 50plus EXPO is FREE to the community due to the generosity of our sponsors.

Free

Health Screenings

Do you have a friendly face?

Advanced Vein & Laser Center — Booth #127 Ultrasound screenings of the lower leg Champion Hearing Aid Center, LLC — Booth #128 Audioscope earwax check East Earl Chiropractic — Booth #150 Posture check Elderwood Senior Living — Booth #117 Blood pressure and balance screenings Health Network Laboratories — Booth #101 Glucose screening Maclary Family Chiropractic — Booth #111 Thermal spinal screening NovaCare Rehabilitation in collaboration with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital — Booth #158 Individual movement screenings WellSpan Health – Cardiology — Booth #141 Blood pressure checks

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The 50plus EXPO committee is looking for volunteers to help at our 19th annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO on May 9, 2018, at Shady Maple Conference Center, Smorgasbord Building, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you could help greet visitors, stuff EXPO bags, or work at the registration desk, we would be glad to have you for all or just part of the day. Please call On-Line Publishers at (717) 285-1350.

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Entertainment

Lancaster School of Cosmetology

Exhibitor Map & Exhibitor List

LuLaRoe

Registration

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WFYL

Office of Aging Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources

Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers............................143

Homespire Windows & Doors........................................137

Renewal by Andersen.....................................................131

Advanced Vein & Laser Center.......................................127

Hooplas Etc.......................................................................159

Resonance Audiology and Hearing Aid Center..........160

Affordable Paving & Excavating LLC.............................149

Humana............................................................................133

Ricker Sweigart & Associates.........................................156

AiRider ”Floating Vacuum”.............................................121

Jordan Essentials.............................................................152

Shady Maple....................................................................165

Appleby Systems Inc.......................................................164

Kitchen Saver...................................................................103

Armstrong Relocation....................................................108

Kornfield Investment Management.............................126

Signature Senior Living Personal Care & Memory Care.............................................................154

Bath Fitter.........................................................................102

Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village.........................142

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region / booth donated by Blue Ridge Communications............ Lobby

Lancaster County Office of Aging............................ Lobby

Sundance Vacations........................................................107 TLC Ladies.........................................................................144

Cardinal Hollow Winery..................................................116

Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork.........................................Hallway

UPMC Pinnacle................................................................162

Castle Windows...............................................................114

Landis Communities.......................................................105

Weaver Memorials..........................................................134

Champion Hearing Aid Center, LLC...............................128

LeafFilter Gutter Protection...........................................106

WellSpan Health – Cardiology......................................141

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory.............130

The Long Community at Highland...............................110

WellSpan Health – Surgical Specialists........................138

ClearCaptions...................................................................104

LuLaRoe with Ashley Bystricky..............................Hallway

WellSpan Health – Total Joint Program.......................139

Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Inc........................113

Maclary Family Chiropractic..........................................111

WellSpan Health – Urgent Care....................................140

Crossley Properties..........................................................125

NovaCare Rehabilitation in Collaboration with WellSpan Ephrata Hospital.................................158

West Shore Home............................................................122

Office of the State Fire Commissioner..........................153

WHTM ABC27.............................................................. Lobby

DōPurely, LLC....................................................................112 Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre..........................................119 East Earl Chiropractic......................................................150 Elderwood Senior Living................................................117 Flower & Home Marketplace.........................................163 Garden Spot Village........................................................157 Geisinger Gold.................................................................115 Health Network Laboratories........................................101 HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital...........168 Hickory House Nursing Home / Heatherwood Retirement Community.....................151 The Highlands at Wyomissing.......................................135 www.50plusExpoPA.com

OVR, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services............167 Paramount Living Aids...................................................169

Summit Health Pharmacy..............................................166

WFYL............................................................................ Lobby Zerbe Retirement Community......................................120

Pennsylvania Link to Aging & Disability Resources / Disability Empowerment Center........................... Lobby Pennsylvania Lottery......................................................148

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commssion.......................161 Pennsylvania Relay.........................................................132

Supporting Sponsors Media Sponsors Visitor Bag Sponsor

Pennsylvania Retina Specialists....................................109 Red Rose Transit Authority.............................................146 Regional GI.......................................................................155

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Don’t Miss the Great Lineup of Seminars and Entertainment at the EXPO! 10:15 a.m. – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre provides top-quality, Broadwaystyle productions; award-winning food; and exceptional service. Dutch Apple’s current production, Grease, runs May 3–June 17, and The Wizard of Oz will run June 21–Aug. 4. Enjoy live musical performances from their current and upcoming productions.

9:30 a.m. – Remembering When: Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults Presented by Kraig Herman and Christine Williams Office of the State Fire Commissioner staff will demonstrate how to prepare and execute a home escape plan if a fire breaks out in your home. Staff will also cover additional fire and fall-safety tips and prevention measures.

11 a.m. – Senior Crime Prevention University Presented by Jerry Mitchell, Office of Attorney General Jerry Mitchell is an outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. He works with community groups, school districts, law enforcement, legislatures, and senior groups to help educate Pennsylvanians on topics ranging from the latest scams to social media awareness to drug trends and the dangers of illegal drugs.

11:45 a.m. – Simple and Inspiring Tablescaping Presented by Brian Horn, Flower and Home Marketplace Take a fresh and creative look at tablescapes for entertaining friends and family. Learn tips and tricks with silk flowers for all occasions.

12:30 p.m. – Zumba Gold Presented by Carcy Vreeland, Choice Fitness, LLC, Denver, Pa. Carcy Vreeland, licensed instructor, has been with Zumba Fitness® since 2012. Part dance, part fitness, Zumba Gold® provides modified, low-impact moves geared to active older adults. Easy-to-follow fun lets you move to the beat at your own speed.

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Over 50? Get screened.

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The county’s first ALL RENTAL SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY! Contact your primary care provider or call Regional Gi: (717) 869-4600 www.regionalgi.com

Reservations are now being accepted for our newly renovated cottages coming in JUNE 2018! For more information, call our Welcome Center at 717-569-3215 6 Terrace Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601

LANCASTER • OREGON PIKE • WOMEN’S SPECIALTY CENTER • ELIZABETHTOWN

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The Beauty in Nature

Please join us for these FREE events!

Birds at Fort Sumter

Always free parking!

Clyde McMillan-Gamber

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19th Annual

May 2, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hershey Lodge

325 University Drive Hershey

DAUPHIN COUNTY

19th Annual

May 9, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shady Maple Conference Center Smorgasbord Building 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl

LANCASTER COUNTY

15th Annual

June 6, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church Farm School

1001 East Lincoln Highway Exton

Sept. 19, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spooky Nook Sports

2913 Spooky Nook Road Manheim

LANCASTER COUNTY

Sept. 26, 2018

16th Annual

22nd Annual

CHESTER COUNTY

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

York Expo Center

Memorial Hall East 334 Carlisle Avenue, York

YORK COUNTY

Oct. 17, 2018

19th Annual

In the middle of April a few years The lower mandible of the beak of ago, my wife, Sue, and I took a each skimmer cuts through the water bus trip to Savannah, Georgia, and as the bird flies just above the surface. Charleston, South Carolina. That mandible snaps shut against the One afternoon when visiting upper one when the skimmer feels a Charleston, we took a boat ride small fish bump its lower mandible. to Fort Sumter, at the mouth of Gulls drop feet-first from the air Charleston to pick up small Harbor, for a fish, but they history lesson. On also scavenge the way out to dead fish. the fort, we saw Most of these a few bottlenose species, except dolphins rolling the cormorants, up to get air, may stay in and then sliding the vicinity of down in the Charleston to water as they nest. Pelicans, Brown pelican. swam through the skimmers, and harbor. terns raise young When we on sandbars and arrived at Fort similar niches Sumter, I saw near the ocean many coastal and estuaries. birds on sandbars Laughing gulls and mudflats near rear offspring that structure. in salt marshes At that point, I between concentrated on sandy barrier the birds. islands and the Willet shorebird. The birds were mainland. of two kinds, The divided by the food they ingest. They sandpipers on sandbars and mudflats were ones that catch fish with their near Fort Sumter, including bills and sandpipers, which use their willets, ruddy turnstones, and least long beaks to pull invertebrates out of sandpipers, continued to poke their sand and mud. bills into mud and sand to snare Most of the fish-eating birds, invertebrates to eat. including brown pelicans, doubleOnly some of the willets will stay crested cormorants, black skimmers, around Charleston to nest in salt royal terns, least terns, laughing gulls, marshes. The rest will migrate farther and herring gulls, rested and digested north to hatch babies, including the in little flocks of their kin on sandbars least sandpipers on the Arctic tundra. and mudflats between feeding forays. I was thrilled to see so many Laughing gulls and the terns kept migrating coastal birds around Fort the air vibrant with their constant Sumter in the mouth of the outlet to calling, which was thrilling to hear. the nearby Atlantic Ocean. To me, Each kind of fish-eater snares its they were one of the highlights of our finny prey in its own way. Pelicans trip south. and terns, for example, dive beakfirst into the water from the air. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Cormorants slip under water from its Lancaster County Parks naturalist. surface.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Carlisle Expo Center CUMBERLAND COUNTY

100 K Street Carlisle

Exhibitors • Health Screenings • Seminars Demonstrations • Entertainment • Door Prizes

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available

(717) 285-1350 (717) 770-0140 (610) 675-6240

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Soldier Stories

The Amazing Survival Stories of Chieu Le Robert Naeye

It’s difficult to imagine a more desperate situation than the one facing South Vietnamese Air Force pilot Chieu Le on April 30, 1975. Fleeing the communist forces who were taking over his country, Le was flying his jam-packed helicopter in thick clouds over the South China Sea, looking for the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet. Then the 20-minute fuel light came on. Unless Le could find a ship Le in a TH-55 helicopter at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in 1971. soon, he would be forced to ditch his chopper in the ocean, with dim prospects for rescue. And that was not even his closest brush with death. That would come 26 years later, when he literally died at Lancaster General Hospital. “I’m not afraid of being killed; I should have been dead already,” says Le, of Manheim Township. Le was born in 1951, when Vietnam was fighting for independence from French colonial rule. Le’s father was captured by the French that same year.

We Want YOU! •K  orean war veterans (of all service branches) who served anywhere in the world 1950–1955 • Veterans (of all service branches) who served in Korea 1945–present

The mission of the KWVA/USA is to defend our nation. Care for our veterans. Perpetuate our legacy. remember our missing and fallen. Maintain our memorial. Support a free Korea.

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Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow veterans at a monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Wood Crest Villa — Bluebird Commons, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, starting with lunch at noon. This invitation includes spouses/companions and drivers. There is no charge for attendance. Dress code is casual. We currently have 90+ registered members. Come join us. Hopefully, you will find it habit forming.

For more information call: Bill Kelley, VP (717) 560-9424.

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After his release in 1954, he allied himself with revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh and remained in North Vietnam. Le never met his father, who died in 1984. Le grew up with his mother and half-brother in the hamlet of Ben Tre, in the far southern part of Vietnam. The first few years of childhood were peaceful. But at age 8, Le and his relatives had to flee Le, seated far right, at a refugee camp across the Mekong River by boat to in May 1975. escape Viet Cong guerillas. “We ran around — we kept avoiding the VC. I was too young to understand, but the eldest people knew the danger of living with the VC, so I just tagged along,” recalls Le. Le joined the South Vietnamese army at age 18, in 1969. He started off in the infantry but later passed English-language and physical tests to join the air force as a helicopter pilot, despite being told that “helicopters fall like autumn leaves.” As Le explained, “You’re going to die sooner or later, but you don’t want to die a coward.” After training at two U.S. Air Force bases in Texas and then an Army air field in Georgia, he returned to Vietnam in February 1972. For the next several years he flew hundreds of combat missions on Huey helicopter gunships, with a co-pilot and two gunners. Most of his missions involved infantry support or medical evacuation. Le would need all of his training. His Huey chopper was shot down by enemy ground fire on Jan. 27, 1973, the day the Paris Peace Accords were signed to end direct American involvement in the war. Le says his crew was observing a ceasefire. “They were shooting at us, but we were not allowed to shoot back,” he says. “That’s how I got shot down.” And that was just the first of four times his helicopter was shot down. Each time he was able to land safely by using a maneuver learned in training called autorotation, in which the rotors turn without engine power, somewhat analogous to gliding. Le was flying a mission on April 30, 1975, when his country’s president went on the radio and ordered all South Vietnamese forces to surrender to the communists. But for Le, surrender was not an option. “I would have been put in a concentration camp, or I might have been killed,” he explains. “Either way was terrible.” Instead, he took off with his crew from his base at Sóc Trăng for the island of Côn Son, 50 miles off the coast. The island was a scene of chaos, packed with refugees desperate to escape the communists. He refueled and picked up 23 passengers, joining his three crewmates. With all the added weight, his chopper was barely able to take off. He knew the U.S. 7th Fleet was in international waters, but he didn’t know where. He flew east-northeast at 1,000 feet for nearly two hours through thick clouds and rain, burning precious fuel every second. And then his 20-minute fuel light came on. Suddenly, the rain stopped and the chopper emerged into sunlight. The U.S. fleet had picked up his Huey on radar. A radio officer on the USS Midway guided Le to a safe landing — the www.50plusLifePA.com


first time he had ever touched down was amazing.” on an aircraft carrier. He had about Le received a liver transplant a few 15 minutes of fuel to spare. weeks later. Soon after, he called his “I owe my life to the U.S. Navy mother in Vietnam to let her know and to God,” says Le. “I think my he was still alive. But she thought whole life is in God’s hand; he someone was pretending to be her carries me everywhere.” son because nobody in Vietnam Le was flown to the Philippines could have survived his illness. and then Guam for processing. He To confirm he was still alive, Le spent nearly a year working odd visited Vietnam with his wife for the jobs at Fort Chaffee Army Base in second and final time in 2003. His Arkansas. mother died the following year. He settled permanently in the Le has been in better health ever Lancaster area in 1976 and became since. He retired from Armstrong a professional and the U.S. photographer military in 2006, and an electronic with a rank of technician for chief warrant Armstrong World officer 3. Industries. He Le says Vietnam earned his U.S. today “is at the citizenship in bottom.” He 1982. thinks South In 1985 he Vietnam would resumed his career have prospered as a military like South Korea helicopter pilot, and Singapore had this time in the his nation and its Pennsylvania American allies Army National prevailed. He says Guard. He North Vietnamese Chieu Le now serves as a member and Viet Cong feels deep of the Red Rose Honor Guard, communists patriotism and which performs military honors constantly lied and gratitude toward at local veterans’ funerals. America for the broke negotiated opportunity it agreements. gave him to build a good life. To Le, American involvement in Le returned to Vietnam in Vietnam was a noble endeavor to 1998 with his wife. He enjoyed an save his country from communist emotional reunion with his mother, poverty and oppression. And with the first time he had seen her in 23 most of his family long gone, he has years. But he was diagnosed with no reason to return to his native hepatitis after his return to the land. States. He believes he contracted “You have to watch who you talk this potentially deadly liver disease to and where you go,” he says of during this trip. Vietnam. “There are always eyes on Le’s health was rapidly you. I watch myself like a hawk.” deteriorating at Lancaster General Le appears on both episodes of Hospital in late December 2001. The Vietnam War: WITF Stories, On Dec. 27, he was legally dead half-hour programs produced by the for nearly a minute after a piece Harrisburg public television station of chopped meat lodged in his that aired before episodes of the windpipe. recent Ken Burns series The Vietnam But doctors revived him, and he War. came back to life. But thoughts were To learn more about the racing through Le’s mind during experiences of Chieu Le and other those fleeting moments: veterans, visit https://vietnam.witf. “I went through a tunnel to a org/stories. bright area. I saw my history, my Robert Naeye is a freelance journalist life, in front of me like a screen. It living in Derry Township. He is the was fast forward; it only stopped at former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope the important points of my life. It magazine. www.50plusLifePA.com

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Recent Community Forum Held to Help Older Pennsylvanians Avoid Scams Three cabinet secretaries from the Wolf administration recently traveled to Pottstown for a community discussion protecting older Pennsylvanians from scams and financial exploitation.   Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann, and Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell offered tips that all Pennsylvanians can use to protect themselves from common scams and other schemes that are prevalent during the tax-filing season. The town-hall style event at the TriCounty Active Adult Center also afforded those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their own experiences. Wiessmann noted that elder financial abuse is one of the most significant financial crimes of the 21st century, estimated to cost older Americans $36 billion each year. She also shared the accounts of seniors from Berks and Bucks

counties who were victimized and lost thousands of dollars to criminals using the “Grandparent Scam.” The scam involves a phone call placed to a grandparent by a stranger. The stranger claims to be an attorney, a law enforcement official, or a friend who says a grandchild has been arrested or is in legal trouble. The ploy is designed to trick grandparents into wiring money to a faraway city to help the grandchild they believe is in trouble. The Department of Banking and Securities has published tips to help people recognize the scam and avoid falling victim to it (https://tinyurl. com/y75wnzfj). “Scammers will play on your emotions and push you to act quickly,

but there are few faraway emergencies that require you to act immediately,” Wiessmann said. Hassell discussed steps the Department of Revenue has taken to strengthen the systems it uses to detect fraudulent tax returns and refunds. He also spoke of a new scam that involves cybercriminals stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns in the name of identity-theft victims. The new twist: Rather than routing fraudulent tax refunds to a separate account, the criminals are directing the refunds to the taxpayers’ real bank accounts through direct deposit. They are using threatening phone calls to trick taxpayers into “returning” the refunds, but

Job Opportunities LANCASTER COUNTY EMPLOYERS NEED YOU!! Age 55 or over? Unemployed? The 55+ Job Bank is one of three services offered by Employment Unit at the Office of Aging. Jobs are matched with those looking for work. Based on an evaluation of your skills and abilities, we can match you with a position needed by a local employer. Some employers are specifically looking for older workers because of the reliability and experience they bring to the workplace. There is a mix of full-time and part-time jobs covering all shifts, requiring varying levels of skill and experience, and offering a wide range of salaries. The other services available through the Office of Aging are the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the regularly scheduled Job Search Workshops.

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unsuspecting victims in some cases have forwarded the money to the criminals. The Department of Revenue has issued tips to avoid being victimized (https://tinyurl.com/ yd288z8u). “If any phone call or email appears suspicious, take a moment and think through the situation. If something doesn’t feel quite right, follow your first instinct and don’t take any immediate action,” Hassell said. Anyone can contact the Department of Banking and Securities at (800) PA-BANKS or (800) 600-0007 to ask questions about financial transactions, companies, or products. If you are a victim of identity theft or discover a fraudulent Pennsylvania personal income tax return was filed using your identity, contact the Department of Revenue’s Fraud Investigation Unit at (717) 772-9297 or RA-RVPITFRAUD@pa.gov.

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We list other jobs on the Web at www.co.lancaster.pa.us/ lanco_aging. To learn more about applying for the 55+ Job Bank and these jobs, call the Employment Unit at (717) 299-7979.

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— Volunteer Opportunities — One of the available specialized volunteer opportunities at Lancaster County Office of Aging is that of APPRISE counselor. Counselors work with a diverse group of consumers with one commonality: There is some type of connection to Medicare. You may work with a consumer who is receiving Medicare and having problems with secondary coverage, or you may be helping the child of a Medicare consumer who’s trying to help a parent who doesn’t have drug coverage. APPRISE counselors meet with consumers who are new to Medicare, and they screen consumers to determine if they’re eligible for any benefits that help pay for the costs of Medicare. The orientation process includes shadowing experienced APPRISE counselors, working through online training modules, and attending new counselor training provided by the state Department of Aging. This process occurs during weekdays, mostly at the Office of Aging in Lancaster. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or aging@co.lancaster.pa.us.

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Diabetes and Your Feet If you have diabetes, here’s a way to keep standing on your own two feet: check them every day — even if they feel fine — and see your doctor if you have a cut or blister that won’t heal. There’s a lot to manage if you have diabetes: checking your blood sugar, making healthy food, finding time to be active, taking medicines, going to doctor’s appointments. With all that, your feet might be the last thing on your mind. But daily care is one of the best ways to prevent foot complications. Between 60 and 70 percent of people with diabetes have diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). You can have nerve damage in any part of your body, but nerves in your feet and legs are most often affected. Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. Feeling No Pain Some people with nerve damage have numbness, tingling, or pain, but others have no symptoms. Nerve damage can also lower your ability to feel pain, heat, or cold. Living without pain sounds pretty good, but it comes at a high cost. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong so you can take care of yourself. If you don’t feel pain in your feet, you may not notice a cut, blister, sore, or other problem. Small problems can become serious if they aren’t treated early. Risk Factors Anyone with diabetes can develop nerve damage, but these factors increase your risk: • Blood sugar levels that are hard to control • Having diabetes for a long time, especially if your blood sugar is often higher than your target levels • Being overweight • Being older than 40 years • Having high blood pressure • Having high cholesterol[281 KB] Nerve damage, along with poor circulation — another diabetes complication — puts you at risk for developing a foot ulcer (a sore www.50plusLifePA.com

or wound) that could get infected and not heal well. If an infection doesn’t get better with treatment, your toe, foot, or part of your leg may need to be amputated (removed by surgery) to prevent the infection from spreading and to save your life.

• Tingling, burning, or pain in your exam, which will feet include checking for feeling and blood flow • Loss of sense of touch or ability to in your feet. feel heat or cold very well Keep the blood • A change in the shape of your feet flowing. Put your over time feet up when you’re • Loss of hair on your toes, feet, and sitting, and wiggle lower legs your toes for a few • Dry, cracked skin on your feet minutes several times throughout the day. • A change in the color and Choose feet-friendly temperature of your feet activities like walking, • Thickened, yellow toenails riding a bike, or • Fungus infections, such as athlete’s swimming. Be sure foot between your toes April is National Foot Health to check with your • A blister, sore, ulcer, infected corn, doctor about which Awareness Month or ingrown toenail activities are best for you and any you should avoid. Tips for Healthy Feet Most people with diabetes can Check your feet every day for cuts, prevent serious foot complications. When to See Your Doctor redness, swelling, sores, blisters, corns, Regular care at home and going to If you experience any of these calluses, or any other change to the all doctor’s appointments are your skin or nails. Use a mirror if you can’t symptoms, don’t wait for your next best bet for preventing foot problems appointment. See your regular doctor see the bottom of your feet, or ask a (and stopping small problems from or foot doctor right away: family member to help. becoming serious ones). Wash your feet every day in warm • Pain in your legs or cramping in (not hot) water. Don’t soak your feet. your buttocks, thighs, or calves Source: Centers for Disease Control and Dry your feet completely and apply Prevention during physical activity lotion to the top and bottom — but not between your toes, which could lead to infection. Never go barefoot. Always wear shoes and socks or slippers, even inside, to avoid injury. Check that there aren’t any pebbles or other objects inside your shoes and that the You are invited to join the Lancaster County Office of Aging team lining is smooth. of volunteer APPRISE counselors who assist Medicare-eligible Wear shoes that fit well. For the beneficiaries navigate the often-confusing Medicare system. best fit, try on new shoes at the end APPRISE counselors receive intensive training in Medicare Parts of the day when your feet tend to A, B and D, Supplemental Insurances, Medicare Advantage Plans, be largest. Break in your new shoes Medicaid, PACE Plus, and other health insurance-related topics. slowly — wear them for an hour This training allows volunteers to provide unbiased assistance to or two a day at first until they’re consumers so they can make an informed decision and choose the completely comfortable. Always wear plan that best meets their specific needs. socks with your shoes. APPRISE counselors assist older and disabled individuals with: Trim your toenails straight • Understanding Medicare A, B, and D across and gently smooth any sharp • Making informed choices about Medicare Advantage Plans edges with an emery board. Have • Deciding what Medicare D Plan (prescription coverage) is best your foot doctor (podiatrist) trim your • Selecting a Medigap Policy toenails if you can’t see or reach your • Applying for PACE Plus feet. • Determining what financial assistance an individual may be eligible Don’t remove corns or calluses to receive yourself, and especially don’t use overAPPRISE counselors must be available during weekdays for the-counter products to remove them the shadowing, training, and counseling parts of this volunteer — they could burn your skin. opportunity. Get your feet checked at every For more information, please contact Bev Via healthcare visit. Also, visit your foot at 717-299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070, doctor every year (more often if you or by e-mail at viab@co.lancaster.pa.us. have nerve damage) for a thorough

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Foot Health: Common Issues and Treatments By Dr. Meredith Warner As we get older, our feet tend to change for the worse. Our feet bear the weight of our bodies every day of our lives. Most of us will neglect to take the best care of our feet and often take them for granted. We wear ill-fitting shoes that constrict bones, muscles, and tendons, leading to painful problems and conditions later in life. Your Shoes Can Make a Major Difference Due to our choice of shoes, as we age, the foot tends to change shape slowly. You are probably familiar with calluses and bunions. Both appear when our shoes have constricted the natural movement of our feet during our walk cycle. Bunions are common in people who have a history of wearing narrow-toed dress shoes, popular in both men’s and women’s fashion. A bunion occurs when the big toe curves in toward the center of the foot, causing the toe joint to become more prominent. Most of these fashionable dress shoes are lacking in arch support, which can lead to wider, flat feet later in life. In most cases, these issues can be treated with a proper-fitting orthotic shoe or shoe insert that is structurally supportive and cushioned for comfort and shock absorption. It is best to speak with a foot professional if your pain persists after stabilizing your feet with orthotics, as they can offer more options based on your specific needs. Take Time to Pamper and Care for Your Feet As we age, our circulatory system has more difficulty pumping blood to our extremities, including our feet. Some common symptoms include swelling, foot fatigue, and a higher risk of infection. For swollen and fatigued feet, I highly recommend the use of foot baths and compression socks. A warm foot bath with Epsom salts warms the feet, promoting increased blood flow, which can reduce swelling and aches. Foot massages will also help reduce swelling and loosen stiffened bones and muscles. Use oil or moisturizing lotion during the massage. Try coconut oil or shea butter, but avoid oils and lotions with added fragrances, as they can dry out your skin. Reduced blood circulation can make a small cut or blister dangerous. These wounds can take longer to heal, making infection more likely. Be aware of the condition of your feet. Keep them clean and moisturized to

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prevent cracked and blistered skin. As you age, your immune system has a harder time fighting off foreign bacteria, and the smallest cut could cause serious health issues if not properly addressed. If you ever notice any drastic changes to the appearance of your feet, like discolored toenails or skin, you should contact a doctor for an examination to be safe. With Age Comes an Increased Risk for Arthritis One of the most common conditions I see in older patients is arthritis. Arthritis is a condition onset by a deterioration of the padding in your joints. Joints will rub together, causing pain and stiffness. Arthritis foot pain can originate in the feet, knees, and hips. Typically, this stiffness is more prominent early in the morning and late at night. The pain usually will lessen as you move throughout the day and worsen during rest. Recommended treatments for arthritis include anti-inflammatories, shoe inserts, massages, and stretches. Another option that could alleviate arthritis pain is weight loss, as it will lighten the load on the joints. Plantar Fasciitis Can Present Painful Problems with Age Another common condition I see in many of my patients is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition that affects the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel, causing stabbing heel pain. This heel pain is the most painful in the morning when taking the first step out of bed and will usually decrease throughout the day as it stretches while walking. While plantar fasciitis does not strictly affect older patients, it is more common among older populations. Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or level of physical health; however, effective treatment methods can be harder to find for older individuals. The most common forms of treatment include steroid injections, surgery, and physical therapy. You can alleviate the pain of this condition by performing daily stretches and wearing well-fitting shoes with structural support. You can easily find plantar fasciitis braces, shoes, and inserts in stores and online. In some cases, patients will need custom shoes or orthotics. If you ever have questions about your current foot health, visit a foot-care professional as they will be able to evaluate your situation and give you the best options for your path to relief and recovery. Dr. Meredith Warner is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in foot and ankle conditions, and the founder of Warner Orthopedics & Wellness in Baton Rouge, La. She is also the creator of The Healing Sole, flip-flops designed to treat plantar fasciitis. www.warnerorthopedics.com

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‘Honey’ Randal Hill

Many music fans think “Honey” is a true story. It isn’t. Nashville songwriter Bobby Russell one day just happened to notice how tall a tree planted in his front yard had grown since it was a sapling. From that serendipitous observation came the inspiration to write the world’s bestselling song of 1968. --Born in Marianna, Florida, in 1941, Bobby Goldsboro spent his teen years in Dothan, Alabama, where he excelled in baseball at Dothan High and dreamt of a career in the major league. But music also drew his attention, and Goldsboro formed a rock band called the Webs. (“We had a big spider web on the drum.”) The Webs often backed up musicians who drifted through town. One such artist was Roy Orbison, who would later hire Bobby in the early 1960s as part of his backup band. As a solo artist Goldsboro later signed with United Artists Records and, beginning with the Top 10 song “See the Funny Little Clown” early in 1964, racked up half a dozen Top 40 discs before spending 1967 without a single hit and finding his career on the wane. Bobby Russell was one of Goldsboro’s pals. Russell had written

“Honey” for exappreciating those we love while they Page), and even Kingston Trio are still with us, others have blasted some soul stars member Bob (Four Tops, Aaron the storyline as being schmaltzy and Shane. Russell often deride such lyrics as, “She was Neville). wasn’t impressed always young at heart/Kinda dumb Half a century with Shane’s and kinda smart” or “One day while I later, though, version and was not at home/While she was there “Honey” often later admitted, appears on “worst and all alone/The angels came.” “It didn’t really These last lines prompted one songs of all times” thrill me all that Internet wag to ask, “Did this babe lists, along with much because it die or did she leave with the Hell’s such ridiculed was so overdone, Angels?” recordings as overproduced, Bobby Goldsboro has his own take “MacArthur lots of drums and on the song, one that is no doubt Park,” “Convoy,” “Honey” things.” and “Disco shared by most people: “Actually, Bobby Goldsboro But Goldsboro what it is, very simply, is just a Duck.” April 1968 felt that Russell’s guy remembering little things that So why, tune had the happened while his wife was alive.” like Rodney potential to return him to the hit Dangerfield, does “Honey” get no Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian charts with a different, simpler respect from some folks? who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be approach. While many people feel the song reached at wryterhill@msn.com. When Shane’s version bombed, is a touching tribute to the idea of Goldsboro rushed into a Nashville studio and nailed “Honey” on the Home. Cooked. first take. In three weeks, Goldsboro’s version rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts, where it remained The taste of togetherness. at No. 1 for five weeks and became Goldsboro’s signature song — and Save 75%* on Omaha Steaks biggest single ever. Songwriter Russell’s biggest success has since been recorded by country royalty (Eddie Arnold, Roger Miller, Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson), mainstreamers (Dean Martin, Patti

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Booming Voice

Old Granddad Bill Levine

One of my least favorite bumper stickers is “Ask Me about My Grandkids” — for a couple of reasons. First, it is a presumptuous request. OK, I suppose if the driver’s grandchildren graduated Harvard as 12- and 14-yearolds, or better yet have appeared on Master Chef Junior, the sticker is appropriate. Otherwise, I’d rather see “Ask Me about Selling Stocks Short.” Reason No. 2 is that I couldn’t slap on the “Ask Me about My Grandchildren” bumper sticker, even if I had the chutzpah to do so. I know that I look old enough to have grandchildren: I have thinning hair, a well-hidden but significant hearing aid, and wrinkles that scream out “collecting Social Security.” I am 66, but in fact I do not yet have grandchildren. I was an old dad, being 40 and 43 when my boys, Craig and Matt, were born. My classmates who are granddads have kids eight to 12 years older than mine — thus my non-granddad status. I don’t think that as a non-granddad I am missing a life affirmation as I did when my wife and I were childless. But right now we can only spoil our dog, Cookie. It would be nice to have that three-generational presence in my life so our gifts wouldn’t be chewed up. And I miss the existential calm of knowing I will have a lengthening family tree branch. I hope to be a meaningful granddad, not just a patriarch on the family treetop. Right now, conventional wisdom, at least on TV, is that meaningful grandfathering is active-touch-footballplaying grandfathering.

I am impressed by my friends who are engaged in frolicking grandparenting, like in the Celebrex ads. One friend mentioned that he went trick-or-treating with his grandchildren in full costume. Other friends treat their kids and grandkids to a weekend at an indoor all-inclusive waterpark resort in midwinter. As a sucker for indoor pools and fake Hawaiian décor, this three-generational splash-in is appealing rather than claustrophobic. I fear, though, that I will be too old to do hands-on, active, three-generational events with my grandchildren. I can envision that my go-to intergenerational activity will be hosting family sitdown dinners in my senior-living dining room. I hope my grandkids will enjoy salt-free foods. This was my dad’s standard grandparenting event once he moved into Hebrew Senior Life when my kids were 12 and 9. I do hope, though,

that I can better Dad and have the wherewithal to orchestrate active family events. I would like to babysit my potential grandchildren, provided I don’t need my own sitter. Yet I understand that hands-on grandparenting is not the only scheme in the grandparenting playbook. My dad showed me this. Though my dad did not engage in immersive, hands-on grandparenting because of his age, he demonstrated that you are never too late to do meaningful grandparenting. My nephew mentioned to his grandfather (my dad) that, at age 20, he wanted a bar mitzvah. My dad, at age 94, took this request and ran with it. Several months later, in the function room of Dad’s Hebrew Senior Life complex, my nephew was called to a portable Torah in front of 80 or so guests. Due to his age, Dad delegated many of the tasks, but he footed the bill and was the impetus for this event. He sat in his wheelchair and took in a perfect grandfatherly moment. He died about six months later, leaving a wonderful grandfatherly legacy. I know all his four grandchildren were touched by this unique event. I hope I can, if lucky enough to achieve grandfatherhood, proudly affix “Ask Me about Older Grandparenting” to my car … or my walker. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.

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immediate care to someone with life-threatening injuries. Officer Chad Nagle of the East Hempfield Township Police Department and Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team will review “run, hide, and fight” techniques. Susquehanna Valley EMS personnel will demonstrate how to provide immediate care to someone who is injured. Participants will learn how to properly apply pressure to a wound, pack

a wound, and use a tourniquet to stop others’ bleeding as well as their own. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiated the Stop the Bleed campaign following the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in December 2012. For more information about the Stop the Bleed event or to register, visit Susquehanna Valley EMS’s education page at www.svems.org or call (717) 4358101. www.50plusLifePA.com


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1. Elec. unit 4. Veneration 7. Conger 10. Sports official (abbr.) 13. Eggs 14. Gazelle 15. Chocolate treat 17. Craft fairs 19. Obstructing 20. Norse deity 21. Fast 23. Month (abbr.) 24. Adolescent 25. Abominable snowmen 27. Hebrew patriarch

30. Fumble 32. Taxied 33. Caviar 34. Conifer 36. Cool! 38. Compass point 39. Tough question 41. Without restraint 43. Girl, to some 44. Stride 47. Woodwind, for short 48. Football player 49. Wordplays 51. Tinted 54. Allot

56. Ringworm bush 58. Metric weight unit 60. Feverish 62. Dewdrop 63. Jane Austen novel 64. Caribbean island 67. Musician 69. Spoon, e.g. 70. Via 71. Fish catcher 72. Eur. language (abbr.) 73. Suffer 74. Delicious 75. Golfer Ernie

18. Chafes 22. Brit. school 26. Secures 28. First-rate 29. Carve 31. Secret look 35. Enfolds 37. Frog 39. Window glass 40. Graybeard 42. Water component 43. Jewel 45. Billiard item 46. Fem. suffix

50. Dapper 52. Short-tailed weasel 53. Maiden 55. Flair 57. Goodbye 59. Broderick and Modine, for short 61. Actress Eichhorn 64. Bottle 65. Consumed 66. 102, Roman 68. Branch

Down 1. Automaton 2. Dodged 3. More slothful 4. Turk. title 5. Verbose 6. Cushier 7. Reflux 8. Period of time 9. Duke 10. Horse-like imaginary creatures 11. Time period (abbr.) 12. Oarlock 16. Small brown bird

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On Life and Love after 50

Tom Blake

Should Widow Allow Her Man-Friend to Move in? “D is very affectionate, a good listener, and we are able to talk and resolve differences so far. He is hard working and loves his 86-year-old mother and his sisters. “He is not as financially secure as I and he still works full time, which is good. I am a retired teacher and I own a nice, large, mortgage-free home. “We get a chance to miss one another because we don’t live together. He has never married. My late husband and I had a solid and loving marriage for 39 years, and then he became ill and died suddenly. “I always felt I would never marry or live with a man again, but I did want to find a special person with whom I could share a committed relationship. “I think D is that person for me. We have been serious about one another for eight months. He wants to move in with me, and so we are ‘discussing’ it. “I know what it is like to be married and D does not. He has had

live-in relationships of a few years a few times, and I wonder, is this a red flag? I used to think there was something wrong with a man who had not been married by age 50. “What are your thoughts on his moving in with me?” Tom’s response: In my complimentary e-newsletter, I asked my readers for their opinions. Thirty-two subscribers, of whom seven were men, responded. Not one of the 32 thought it was a good idea. And I don’t either. The readers’ reasons included: Dating only eight months is too soon, his previous livein relationships haven’t worked out, and even though you only see each other on weekends, you’ve already had differences. In my opinion, the main issues are: You enjoy your LAT (living apart together) relationship the way it is. You look forward to seeing each other; you have fun and do things together. Does he think, by moving in, the

relationship will get better? I also worry about his track record with the “few” live-in relationships he’s had; none has lasted more than a few years. What is different here? Twice, you mentioned you’ve already had differences in eight months. I also feel the age gap is significant. Why is he interested in a woman 13 years older? With all due respect to you and your wonderful qualities, I think he likes that your home is paid off and you are financially set. Do you want to risk the financial security you worked so hard to accumulate by having a man living under your roof? Keep in mind that moving someone into your home is easy. Getting them to move out can be a nightmare. If he moved in, would that mean he would commute 68 miles roundtrip to work? Or, would he retire and be around the house seven days a week? That would drive you crazy because you treasure your private time. Too risky, and too many issues, Sally. Give it some time. Take more trips together. See how you get along. And, even then, proceed with caution; you’ve got too much to lose and too little to gain. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www. FindingLoveAfter50.com.

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Sally, a widow of four years, emailed: “I am financially secure, healthy, fit, and attractive. I have been doing volunteer work for the last two years, which is how I met the man I am now seeing. “In April 2017, a man I will refer to as D walked into the museum where I volunteer as a docent. We talked at length, and when he returned to the museum three weeks later, I was on duty again. We exchanged phone numbers. He lives 34 miles away. “After a few good phone conversations, we had a picnic. Our next date was a classic-car show! We have seen one another almost every weekend since the middle of May. “I like the way our relationship is now. He is 56 and I am 69! He says the age difference is not important. “He is patient, kind, and loving. He loves my dog and helps me around my home. We took some swing dance lessons and went to a few dances. We have had some misunderstandings but have worked through them and grown our relationship as a result. We have built friendship and trust between us. “We took a trip together last November to Kansas to visit his mother and sister. We enjoy being together and doing ‘ordinary life’ activities, and are planning trips to Hawaii and California.

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Repurpose Antiques for the Garden Lori Verderame

When it comes to collectibles, it is always wise to know what you’ve got and know what it’s worth. Some objects, like planters, mugs, cups, and vases, can be very valuable, but some are just collectible and cheap, too. So, once you have an accurate appraisal of your antique and find out if it is trash or treasure, you might want to consider new ways to use and enjoy it. Repurposing is so popular that many folks are looking at some aging objects in a whole new way. Before you send that inexpensive vintage piece out to the curb, consider having it do double duty in your garden. From broken brass saxophones to chipped German beer steins,

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anything can hold a plant, vegetable, or flower. Think about creating a colorful display in your garden by using valueless antique ceramics or even typewriters or suitcases as planters and garden dividers. “Anything can be a container as long as it has drainage,” Doug Oster, editor of Everybody Gardens, said. So don’t fret over that rusty filing cabinet. Paint it brightly and add some plant life to it.  Have a chipped-beyond-repair Typewriter flowerbed vintage ceramic teapot? Make this and similar old objects into cute flowerpots. Drill a hole for drainage and line them up with other repurposed pottery pieces on a patio stone wall or suspended on your porch near your hanging wind chimes. You can even secure each vintage coffee mug or teapot by its handle by sticking the handle in between the slat space of your picket fence. 

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Old metal desks, chairs, and even beds can be transformed into flower or vegetable gardens by replacing seats, drawers, or mattresses with plants or flowers. Chipped, cracked, or broken items can have new life as hosts in your garden. Try it as spring comes alive in your neck of the woods, and use your antique, vintage, or simply aging objects around the house as

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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...